Thursday, May 19, 2011

Review of Dewey by Vicki Myron

Synopsis in a Sentence: In this touching memoir, librarian Vicki Myron adopts a sweet male cat who ends up living in the library and touching hearts all over the world.

My Thoughts: I loved this book! At first, I wasn't sure if I would because I am more of a dog person than a cat person, but I think I liked this book even more than Marley and Me. My husband became nervous after I finished reading this, because I told him I wanted to get a cat now in addition to our two dogs haha :)!

What is interesting about this book is that Myron really depicts what it is like living in a small town in the Midwest. You almost feel like you are there as the neighbors come together during good and bad crops and survive an economic depression. Dewey, the sweet and mischevious cat who was found by the librarians after being shoved through the book return slot bonds with the entire town and helps give them a sense of pride about who they are with his unwavering friendliness and love. The author also chronicles the struggles she goes through in her personal life, such as a breast cancer scare, divorce and trying to make ends meet. Dewey is there with her through it all in endearing, laughable and touching ways.

This book really proves that pets can have a "sixth sense" about human's emotions and that they really can become our best friends through life's ups and downs. The way Myron writes about Dewey really makes you realize that he was indeed, a special cat who cared about the library, the library patrons and about reading and books. His full name was actually Dewey Readmore Books lol. I would definitely recommend this book to any animal lovers or to anyone who enjoys reading about libraries and small town America.

What I liked the most: One of the most touching ancedotes in the book is when Dewey (named after the Dewey decimal system!) befriends a little girl with special needs. This book definitely touched my heart more than I thought it would and I found myself needing tissues while reading the ending!

What I liked the least: I found myself wanting to know more about some of the loose ends in the book, such as if Myron discovered love again after her divorce etc...I found out that she wrote a sequel to Dewey, so if you end up liking this one, there are still more Dewey stories available :).


  1. I really enjoyed this book! I'm an animal lover and I really wish my library had an animal in it. That would be so much fun :)

  2. Oh fun! I've heard good things about this one for years but I've sort of resisted reading it because - like you - I'm definitely more of a dog person. Glad to hear that it's enjoyable whatever the reader's preference in four-legged-friends!